Forshaw and Hernandez out v Millwall
Neither Pablo Hernandez nor Adam Forshaw are fit enough to play on Saturday against Millwall.
That’s a big blow for Leeds who also lost Jamie Shackleton to a hamstring injury in the win against West Brom on Tuesday.
Liam Cooper is also out with a groin injury.
Marcelo Bielsa delivered the bad news in his pre-match press conference on Thursday (live in the LUFC app, 12.30pm).
Bielsa said that Gaetano Berardi would likely replace Cooper in defence, although he said that there were other options like Kalvin Phillips and Leif Davies.
The midfield change is a bit more complicated.
“Probably we are going to play Ayling instead of Dallas and Dallas instead of Shackleton,” said Bielsa, “or Klich for Shackleton and Roberts in place of Klich.”
The most likely switch would be Luke Ayling taking his place at right-back with Stuart Dallas moving up into midfield. You’ve got to have some sympathy for Dallas here – his versatility is one of his strengths but he’s been absolutely standout this season and this gives Ayling a chance to reclaim his right-back spot.
Roberts came on for Shackleton at half-time in the game against West Brom but was subbed off just 30 minutes later. Bielsa apologised to the attacker after the game, and mentioned this again in the press conference, saying that Roberts was “generous” with him, but we can’t see him starting Roberts so soon after that.
We think the 4-1-4-1 starting XI v Millwall will be:
Casilla; Alioski, White, Berardi, Ayling; Phillips; Harrison, Klich, Dallas, Costa; Bamford.